Sweden – Dream land! Homeschool nightmare!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In the last article, we talked about Germany and its government’s disgusting treatment of homeschool. If you look back, you’ll note that I’ve quoted several documents signed by Germany (as well as nearly every nation on Earth) guaranteeing the right of a parent to decide upon their own child’s education. Apparently when they signed, what some governments really meant was “unless we change our minds”, or perhaps “unless we need votes”, from the politician’s viewpoint.

If Germany was an isolated instance of suppression against home school and parental rights, perhaps their acts against homeschoolers would not be so worrisome. Homeschoolers could leave Germany if they had to. Of course, they would not leave. Not any more than most Jews left Germany before WW II, even knowing that they were in danger. They did not leave then and would not leave now because Germany was and is their home. I understand this sentiment, and the belief that one should be able to change the system from within. The problem with such a belief is that it sometimes ends in something resembling the holocaust. It can certainly end that way if one does not make enough noise about what’s happening, and if one does not join with many others to do so.

So we come to another beautiful land. It is a land with a wonderful standard of living. It is a land whose government is at this very moment determining whether they will follow in Germany’s footsteps and ban homeschooling. But why wait for the force of law? It certainly appears that Sweden has begun its tandem polka, a dance of repression in rhythm with Germany.

This excerpt is from the WorldNet Daily, dated April 26, 2010. I’ll provide a link to the complete article after the excerpt.
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It “appears likely that the same circumstances that currently exist in Germany would appear in Sweden, forcing Swedish citizens who wish to homeschool to flee their home country. It is our understanding that some Swedish families have already chosen to flee because of the harassment from local school authorities,” the letter says.
Further, such action would violate several established precedents, HSLDA said, including:

•The European Convention on Human Rights, which includes rights of liberty, security of person, respect for private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, education, equality and nondiscrimination.

•The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, in which Article 26 states parents retain the right to choose the kind of education their children receive.

•And the Treaty of Amsterdam, which “calls for respect for those fundamental rights.”

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Bottom line, “educators” and “politicians” in Sweden have fabricated a law that would end homeschool in Sweden. It is, needless to say, to the educator’s advantage since they get paid by the student, and politicians want their votes. As you will see, some people have fled Sweden in anticipation of the proposed law taking force. Or at least, they have tried.

Please read the article and to get the whole ugly picture, at http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=146273

MY COMMENTS:

We all need role models. It’s good to be able to look up at a big brother and say “I want to be like him!” But Germany is no role model, most particularly not in the area of homeschooling or education. Germany is a land that tells its children in some of its history books that there was no WW II! (I’ve seen the books, so believe what you like. And before you start laughing over such efforts to “revise” history, wait until you read the next two articles for this blog. If you live in Russia or the United States, believe me when I tell you that you have nothing to laugh about.)

By the way, the Swedish government is not waiting for the law to take effect to suppress homeschoolers. As it states in the article, a family homeschooling in Sweden but preparing to leave was pulled off the plane and separated, their 7 year-old child for the past 10 months forced into foster care. Their crime? They homeschooled in Sweden!

Need I tell you that the violent, enforced suppression of human rights is a vile and dangerous trend that leaves no one in a nation safe? Need I say again that what is being done to homeschoolers is powerfully reminiscent of the tactics of repressive regimes which have taken it as a part of their agenda to control the minds and actions of their children?

If you live in Sweden, WHY allow such a thing?

It’s your government. You are responsible for its actions. You elected them, you can unelect them. I read that you have a Parliamentary Democracy – so use it! Write, complain, march, protest and make such a noise that your government will be forced to reconsider its barbaric acts. This has occasionally worked in the past. It’s certainly more effective than doing nothing.

Don’t resort to violence, but by all means, protest. Do you need a role model? Choose Mahatma Gandhi, or Henry David Thoreau. Try non-cooperation. This approach may require work. It may even be a little dangerous. But how could non-cooperation be more dangerous than allowing your government to tear apart families and dictate precisely how you will live at threat of imprisonment or worse?

Or you can do like big brother Germany. Just stay quiet, follow orders, and watch as your neighbor’s family is ripped apart for the crime of educating their child as they see fit. But don’t worry. On some pretext or another, some new law, your family will be next. We’ve all seen this slippery slope before, and we all know how it ends – when we’re not too busily revising history.

As to revised history and its place in the future of education – next post.
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As you probably know, I am an advocate for homeschooling. It’s my belief that homeschooling potentially provides a student with a vastly superior education than schooling in any form. This is backed up by a lot of numbers and research. I’ve taught for public and private schools, at the University level, as a private instructor in thousands of workshops, and as a homeschool dad running a homeschool group. Homeschooling by far works best for most students- and most families.

But I understand that many parents do not believe they can effectively homeschool. They’ve been told that they “don’t have degrees,” and that they “aren’t qualified.” This is all nonsense, of course. You’re legally not required to have any kind of a degree to homeschool your kids anywhere in the U.S. A lot of people who have degrees and who call themselves “professional teachers” are simply awful, and even destructive at what they do. A lot of parents…hundreds that I know of…have homeschooled their kids right into universities and careers.

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CTT courses are written in a way that gradually allows the student to take over his own education. Each course itself largely does the teaching, relieving mom and dad of that duty unless they wish to use our daily lesson plans in various subjects as springboards for family discussion and discovery – as many families do, every day. The parent has the job of making certain the student is working and has what they need to study. (And you’ll need to find a good math program for homeschooling as we don’t provide one. There are many.)

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2 comments on “Sweden – Dream land! Homeschool nightmare!”

  1. Thank you for your article. Homeschooling in Chile is also under attack. Six years ago I was taken to court and lied about. A psychologist told the judge that my children were enclosed in my home and never allowed to play with other children and that they were so psychologically damaged that they weren’t capable of going to the corner store to buy a piece of candy. Nothing could have been further from the truth. My children were well-educated, intelligent, socially adapted with all ages etc. etc. etc. Those of you who have homeschooled recognize the difference between your children and their peers in public schools.

    They threatened to take all of our children away from me (I was in Chile alone with our children when this happened. My husband was in the US with a brother that was dying of cancer.) I remained strong and wouldn’t give in to them and I was never forced to put them into school. The thing that hurt me the most is that there was not one other homeschool family that was willing to stand up with me and simply say enough is enough.

    Right now in Chile another family is under attack for homeschooling. They “tested” their children and said they were way behind, that socially they couldn’t adapt etc. etc. etc. and told the family that they would take them away from them if they didn’t put them in a public school immediately. Sadly, the family put them in a public school.

    I agree with you totally that unless these families are willing to stand together and protest by writing letters, contacting government officials, talking with their congressmen and writing their newspapers,homeschooling around the world will go the way of Germany.

  2. Hi Connie,

    Good heavens! Could you PLEASE write me at cttauthor@aol.com with more information. If you are willing to write an article I’ll make sure many people read it. What happened to you is HORRIBLE, what is happening in Chile sounds HORRIBLE, and it’s terribly important that others know about it! We have to start standing together as a group and make a lot of noise.

    Steven Horwich

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